Make the most of summer and plant up a kitchen herb garden that’ll keep you supplied with fresh herbs for cooking all throughout summer. You don’t need a great deal of space, just a small sunny corner a few plant containers and some herb plants to start you off. You can even create a herb garden on a tiny balcony or back yard.
Good kitchen herbs to plant
- Flat leaf parsley – a lovely all round herb, easy to grow and you can use it scattered over Italian pasta dishes, chopped up finely over buttery new potatoes, scattered over grilled fish with a squeeze of lemon.
- Oregano – super easy to grow and quickly takes over! Lovely added to tomato sauces for pasta or pizza, delicious scattered onto cheese on toast or stirred into casseroles.
- Thyme – another easy herb to grow. Delicious with roast chicken or fish. Nice used to flavour risotto or oven baked tomatoes.
- Mint – practically a weed – it grows like wildfire! Delicious used in Greek style dishes like tzatziki, perfect with lamb, scattered over buttery new potatoes or used to flavour gin cocktails or strawberry cordial.
- Basil – a little trickier to grow and needs lots of sun. Beautiful alongside fresh tomatoes or used to make pesto.
- Coriander – likes lots of sun and quickly goes to seed so keep using up and scattering new seeds every week. Delicious served sprinkled over curries, chopped and added to salad or used with yogurt to marinate meat.
- Chives – super easy to grow and tasty snipped into salad, on boiled eggs, omelettes or salmon and scattered over buttery boiled new potatoes.
Add a little personality to your herb garden and create little painted pebble plant markers to decorate it. This is something the kids love to help out with – especially as it means a beach trip to collect some pebbles.
A few little tips…
- keep the costs low and shop around for your containers – supermarkets, IKEA and shops like The Range and Wilkinson all sell low cost garden ranges at this time of year. Or you could repurpose pots or old buckets from around the house. Like our illy herb pot project.
- for instant results buy small herb plants – again shop around try the smaller independent garden centres or nurseries where you often get more for your money. You can even plant up the culinary herbs available from the supermarket especially if they’re sat on your kitchen windowsill looking a little bedraggled.
- plant herbs you know you like to eat.